Message #355:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: BLM Nationwide Programmatic Agreement And Arizona
Date: Thu Oct  9 22:52:00 1997


From: Christina Garza 

In March of 1997, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Advisory Council
on Historic Preservation (Council), and the National Conference of State
Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO) executed a Programmatic Agreement
(PA). As its title indicates, the PA, which was developed in accordance
with 36 CFR 800.13, governs the manner in which BLM will meet its
responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act.

That agreement calls for several things to be accomplished before the
provisions of the agreement can be implemented. One of those
prerequisites is the development of a protocol that specifies the
working relationship between the BLM and the State Historic Preservation
Office. The Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and BLM have
been working to develop such an agreement, and the draft protocol offered
for your review is the result of those efforts to date.

Copies of the PA and the draft protocol are available in .PDF format from
our web site.
The PA has been executed as written; the protocol cannot change 
the terms of the national agreement. At this stage, it is important to
focus our collective efforts on developing a protocol that fully implements
the provisions of the PA, maximizing the benefits of increased
communication, and identifying opportunities for all parties with an
interest in or concern for the significant cultural resources of this state
to express those concerns.

Written comments will be accepted through November 10th and should be
directed to James W. Garrison, 
State Historic Preservation Officer, Arizona State Parks, 
1300 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona 85007. You are also invited to offer
your comments and ask questions at a public meeting on Thursday, November
6th, at 1:00 p.m. That meeting will be held in the Arizona State Parks
Board Room, which is located in the basement of 1300 W. Washington. Parking
is available immediately north of the building and on the north side of
Adams Street, behind the building. Please call the State Historic
Preservation Office at (602) 542-4009 for further information.